A Lovely Blog Hop

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Hello and welcome to a Lovely Blog Hop!

 I am kicking things off today and I am so happy you joined us!

We have some very talented ladies in our line up today and we hope you enjoy our projects! As I’m sure you can guess, the theme of our hop is a Valentine theme. Each one of us has come up with a valentine project to share with you.

Today I’m going to share how I decorated my mantel.  Now you may remember the Valentine Fireplace Mantel that I decorated with the wreath Holly sent me for Craft for a cause, check it out here if you need to be brought up to speed. Since it was only short term, I had to come up with something else. So here is what I came up with….


Valentine Mantel by Every Day is an Occasion

The white window I salvaged from our lake cottage. I brought it home, sanded it and painted it a bright white. I absolutely LOVE having it up on our mantel. When I nabbed it up, everyone thought I was crazy, but now that it’s up there. They are all jealous!

The two paintings are canvases that I painted a long time ago, even before I met my husband. I painted them to decorate my house. To be honest, I think painting canvases is the best way to decorate a house. They are meaningful because you put your heart into it, they are inexpensive, and easy!

So on to my  trusty topiary. I created this last year and it was a big hit. It stored nicely, so I pulled it out again! Details on my old blog here.

Topiary by Every Day is an Occasion

The LOVE  banner is a Silhouette cut and I got my inspiration  from their blog.

Banner by Every Day is an Occasion


The heart banner I made with the Silhouette as well. I placed hearts on the page and then used the “fill” button. After they were all cut out, I literally ran them through the sewing machine. Just pushed them on through!

Heart banner by Every day is an occasion.com

Way down at the other end, are dried hydrangeas that my Nana gave me. Can you see them? Hydrangeas are one of my very favorite flowers. My Nana loves to dry them and use them as decorations.

Mantel by Every Day is an Occasin

So there you have it my friends a brand new Valentine mantel. I most certainly miss my wreath from Holly, but maybe I’ll make one some day or better yet, Holly will make me my very own for my birthday, wink wink*.

I have some blog candy for you! Woot Woot!


One of you will win a magnetic board kit, like the one we made at Craft for a cause.  Enter below

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Now hop on over to my blog bestie, Holly from Ribbon’s and Glue to see what crafty creation she has come up with for you! Did I mention, she’s the best?

Thanks SO much for stopping by!

Have a SUPER fun day!


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  1. Lisa says:

    What a stunning mantel, Jill!! I love the window…so clever!! The banner and topiary are absolutely gorgeous!! The string of hearts is fabulous!! It just looks beautiful!! I’d love to have this on my mantel!! Thanks for hosting another awesome hop!! Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Jill says:

      Lisa, you are sweet! Thank you so much for your sweet words! I am SO happy to have you on the hop! YOu are one talented lady! Smiles, Jill

  2. jessica says:

    What a gorgeous mantel Jill!! LOVE the whole design…the clean look and awesome decoration!!!
    FAB job my friend!! Thanks for sharing…for putting this whole hop together and for including me in this awesome lineup!!
    Have a GREAT weekend!!!!

  3. Holly says:

    Great project! I think the wreath look better though, of course I’m biased. 🙂 I really need to start using my Silhouete more, I made some sewn valentines garland too. Ha-That’s about all I know how to can sew. Geez..a birthday wreath too? Everyone always wants me to make something for them…lol. At least I have until Novemember. Great Blog Hop…Thanks for organizing! Holly 🙂

  4. apieceoflifespie says:

    Jill, I love hydrangeas too! Your heart garland is just so sweet! Thanks for sharing how you did it, I get so nervous around my sewing machine and then adding paper into the mix just sends me into orbit! I have nightmares of just miles of thread unraveling form both the spool and the bobbin that I have to deal with (OK that has happened to me more than once :-)). Your banner is just so sweet and don’t you love your Silhouette! I am a tulle nut, so your accents of tulle just makes me delighted! Thank you so much for organizing this and having such a fun group of ladies to be hoping with! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Marianne says:

    Fantastic projects. They are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Yes i enjoy Valentine’s Day. My significant other is my Mom…but six months we almost lost her, so it’s extra special day of love. Don’t know for sure how we’ll spend it, except we’ll spend it together

  6. Shelly says:

    Girl, first thanks for having me! Second, how fabulous is this! You are the the Queen of mantel decor, You decorate them so perfectly! That topiary is my favorite – so awesome! Homerun girl!
    Have a great day and thanks for another fun hop!

    • Jill says:

      Cindy Lou, Funny you should ask….I literally put it on a shelf in my basement as is! I probably should put it in a box though! Thanks for hopping with us! Have a great weekend! Smiles, Jill

  7. Amy :) at www.lovetocrop.com says:

    Jill, everything is SO fabulous (and your hop was terrific!!)… You really make me want to have a better relationship with my sewing machine — because I REALLY want to string heart garlands again now!! 🙂 I’m so glad you shared your mantel with us…..

    Thanks so much for decorating your celebrations at the Decorate To Celebrate! Challenge Blog!

    Amy 🙂 at http://www.lovetocrop.com
    and decoratetocelebrate.blogspot.com

  8. sharla~ says:

    Wow, I so wish I had a mantle.. yours is amazing, love everything about it. Your canvas pieces are amazing!

  9. Arin says:

    Ha! It is funny to comment again, but on behalf of DTC, thank you so much for linking up! You ladies are not going to make our jobs easy this go-around! Happy Valentine’s Day Jill!

  10. karenladd says:

    Oh yes, I love Valentines day! Red is one of my favorite colors so i go all out red for this special day! Your sweet banner is just fabulous!!

  11. Kelsie Ann says:

    What a lovely lovely mantel Jill! I especially love those little hearts sewn together- dainty and stunning! Plus, your adorable LOVE banner inspired me for a little something that I’m doing for a baby shower. Love it all! Thanks for another GREAT blog hop- you’re the best!

    Happy Crafting,
    Kelsie Ann

  12. Jan says:

    What a great idea for the windows – I have 3 or 4 of those in the garage, and I am thinking I am going to do this for sure !!! Thanks so much for joining in with us at The Kraft Journal this week, for our “anything but a card” challenge !

  13. Missy says:

    I am *WAY* behind on my commenting!! I love, love your banner and garland, everything looks so festive!! I need to try one of those stitched garlands myself, I’ve never done one of those!!

    • Jill says:

      Missy! How are you?! Oh thanks! It is so fun! I’m thinking of doing a shape for every holiday! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Have a great week!

  14. Missy says:

    I’m *WAY behind on commenting!! Your valentine decor looks terrific! I love the banner, and I reallly like the stitched garland—I need to try one of those!!

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